OH- Televangelist allegedly ignored sexual abuse
For immediate release: Monday, October 13, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
An Ohio televangelist church leader allegedly hid multiple allegations of abuse and sexually abused parishioners and associates himself. We are grateful to the brave victims, witnesses, whistleblowers and journalists who have brought these horrendous accusations and deeds to light.
Ernest Angley is the leader of Grace Cathedral in Cuyahoga Falls. The Akron Beacon Journal has been investigating a number of disturbing allegations surrounding Rev. Angley, including that he prodded women to get abortions and men to get vasectomies.
Rev. Angley admits asking boys to get naked and encouraging men to have vasectomies and examining them afterwards. He's accused of encouraging abortions and ignoring child sex abuse reports. He has no business pretending to be a spiritual figure. He should be investigated by law enforcement and, if possible, prosecuted.
We urge anyone in the community – whether victim, witness or whistleblower – to speak up now and safeguard innocent kids and vulnerable adults by exposing wrongdoers. We especially call on current and former church officials to act responsibly and share what they know or suspect about those who commit or conceal child sex crimes with the police, prosecutors, congregants and the public right away.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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